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Ran down some final thoughts on training camp in the paper today. There is only so much space in the print edition and with 79 players on the roster, well, plenty of tidbits were left out. We'll take a look at some impressions on some other players here:

Devin Aromashodu: Wide receiver flashed some ability at times during camp but the Bears have a catch-22 when it comes to getting him action with the first team in preseason. They're only doing so much with three-wide packages and building chemistry between Jay Cutler and starters Devin Hester and Earl Bennett is much more important.

Cody Balogh: Undrafted free agent from Montana last season is bigger and stronger than he was a year ago, and he's fit in well. He's got a good opportunity to get some solid game tape moving forward but with the addition of Kevin Shaffer he might be ticketed for a return to the practice squad.

Josh Beekman: Would be remiss in not mentioning that the arrow is pointing up for him. Probably projects as a center though because of his size.

Earl Bennett: Quietly had a solid camp. We'll see how that translates.

Alex Brown: The focus is on Tommie Harris and Mark Anderson returning to form but Brown might be better with Rod Marinelli on board. He did well rushing on Orlando Pace in camp.

Desmond Clark: Guy gets craftier as he gets older and still is smooth enough to run the seam route.

Rashied Davis: Got more work with the ones over the final week of camp.

Marcus Freeman: Will be looking for him in the second half on Saturday night. Didn't see a lot in training camp but it takes time for rookies to fit in, even on the practice field.

BOURBONNAIS, Ill.--The Bears have not been here a week this summer and they've already ensured they will return to Olivet Nazarene University next summer for three weeks.

Team and university officials made it official this morning when they signed a contract to bring the team back in 2010 in the option year for the two-year agreement plus a mutual option that the sides originally agreed to before 2008.


Wanna get away?

That's the snappy slogan used by one airline, and the answer more NFL teams are giving is, "No, thanks."'s Mike Sando
breaks down the number of organizations that head elsewhere for training camp and finds that the Bears, who will be packing their bags for Bourbonnais, Ill., next week, are in the minority. Seventeen teams will remain at their home facility this summer. That ties the high for the last 10 years. According to the report, only four teams remained at home for training camp back in 2000, and that figure was in single-digits until 2003.

The advantages of staying at home are obvious. Players and coaches get to use the facility they're accustomed to working in for the entire season. Coaches, and in some cases players, can sleep in their own bed each night.

Some coaches talk about the camaraderie that is built during training camp, but as much control as clubs have over their players during the offseason these days, that's not such a big deal any more.

The Bears will be training at Olivet Nazarene University for the eighth consecutive summer, and the school and franchise have reached an agreement for 2010. This is after a 17-year run at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.

Coach Lovie Smith has said he would prefer to remain at Halas Hall. But while some teams can host fans at their facilities, that's probably not a logistical option for the Bears at Halas Hall. Going away allows head groundskeeper Ken Mrock to ensure the teams two practice fields in Lake Forest are in optimum condition for use starting in late August. The Bears have the use of five practice fields at ONU, including Ward Field. Buffalo gets things going first on Saturday.

The Bears may have gotten together with officials from Lewis University about a potential change of venues for future training camps, but for the near future they will be at Olivet Nazarene University.

According to a source familiar with the situation, the Bears and the Bourbonnais, Ill., school have come to terms on an agreement for the organization to return there in 2010 for camp. The parties are expected to sign a contract soon. Next year was an option year and both sides have elected to extend their arrangement.

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